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Book Condition: Very good
London: George Allen, 1894. First edition. C8vo (7 3/8" x 5”). pp. 476.
Unsigned binding design by Hugh Thomson of a peacock perched on a sundial in full display in gold on smooth green cloth, with feathers filling the entire cover and surrounding the titles; spine with titles and scattered peacock feather motifs; a.e.g.
Includes 160 illustrations - from full page to amusing allegorical chapter heads and tail pieces, to charming and sometimes emblematic historiated initial caps; a.e.g.
The first fully illustrated edition of Pride and Prejudice as prior editions had frontispieces only. Hugh Thomson's ability to capture the spirit of Austen's humor in his charming drawings for Pride & Prejudice has had a distinct influence on Austen readers for generations, and has proven more popular than any other edition, becoming almost as iconic as the novel itself. Thomson's Peacock cover was was a great influence on subsequent peacock binding designs, most notably, A.A. Turbayne's stylized peacock for Macmillan's Illustrated Novel series the following year. It should be noted that the term "Janeite" was coined by George Saintsbury in the preface to this edition.
A very good copy with the head of the spine and the front joint professionally repaired; light dulling to spine gilt; contemporary ownership and date on back of frontis; light offsetting from frontis tissue guard to frontis. and to title page.
Balston II:A1; Gilson E78; Spielmann 12.